The Saints boss hailed the work ethic of his team after their 0-0 draw at home to Glentoran and believes that they will only get better as they continue to regain match fitness
The Saints went close to scoring through Conor Kenna and Anto Flood but could not break the deadlock and the game finished 0-0 at Richmond Park, leaving it all to play for at The Oval next week. Nevertheless, St Pat's manager Liam Buckley praised the efforts of his team and believes that they will continue to improve.
"It was a tricky little tie," Buckley told St Pat's FC TV. "I'd seen [Glentoran] playing Portadown a couple of weeks back when they won 1-0. They played particularly well and I knew we were going to have a tough match here."
He continued: "Bearing in mind where we are at the moment - we're in pre-season and you don't play games straight away so we're still working on our fitness and our organisation.
"I thought the lads put in a decent shift tonight. I think we'll 'clever up' our play as we go along but from a fitness point of view, I think we'll be better next week. It's our first game of the season and I can't fault the effort of the lads and we'll work on getting better.
"I thought if anybody was going to win the game it would have been us and I also thought that we just needed to be careful not to give a goal away.
"I want to get through the tie next week and see ourselves in the next round."